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Loving these posts, keep them coming!!! Fair play to ya for taking the effort to share it, much appreciated :thumbsu p2:
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing your trip. Really enjoyed the story so far.
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Really enjoying these posts.
Enjoy the trip, if love to do something like it soon.
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fair balls to ya lad,,tis a long way from home ,,safe travels ,,keep it coming
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Brilliant real life write up of how it must feel to do a long trip like BUT...........
how the hell is the bike still so clean
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great reports and really appreciate the pics too.
Keep her lit and safe journey home
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Great report, I've a Triumph Trophy and a Caponord, both get blown around a bit with a side wind and both are pretty big bikes - I've been taking it for granted it is what it is with tall bikes.
That picture of the room in an Ibis, brings backs utter chills of places I had to stay to save a few bucks of company money when I was a service engineer in a previous life....ugh !
On the return trip, whatever you choose will be longer, getting to Finland and across as previously mentioned would be epic ! Head back a slightly different, southerly route, south Poland towards Austria/Switzerland, back up through France ?
Great spin, would like to do something like that all on my todd as you have, great head space.
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This man is living his dream, fair foooks to him. Bit of effort putting these posts together where they are honest & thouraghly enjoyable...good on ya lad, thanks & safe travels..
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Really looking forward to reading these everyday - I think you should extend your trip and keep it going, there will be a void (not just for you) when this is done!

Safe travels and thank you!
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Great read - really enjoying these updates ...
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This is great read- thanks for sharing the journey...
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Thats some trip so far, well done !
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Great trip alright. Maybe a Baltic sea tour on the way back. Gdansk, Rugen, Rostock, Hamburg.
Where are ya now? We need an update!
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Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas

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Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas
Fantasy, and Reality

To get home, there was a couple of choices,

Option 1)
Ride back through Poland and Germany
- this would involve backtracking on the same roads I had been on, and sitting on autobahns again

Option 2)
Somehow break into the Russian part and travel with no visa in there
- not the best idea


Option 3)
Take a ferry from Klaipedia, the ferry port is 100 meters from my hotel. The photos of the ship were from my room window.




I decided to go with option 3 and booked the ferry, to depart at 21:00.




Leaving Klaipedia
I was sad to be leaving Klaipedia. The hotel was very comfortable, and at 35 per night incl breakfast, it felt like it was good value.

Breakfast was great




But sad to be leaving




Value for Money
I had a beer with Tadas before heading down to the ferry, and was shocked at the comparison in prices. Two beers in Germany had cost me 11, you can see the price for two beers here.



First a mini-drama with the lovely Viktorija
Having booked the ferry, I was now looking forward to relaxing, a few beers and dinner on board, it was feeling much more appealing than heading back through Poland in the rain and wind.

Viktorija, on the check-in booth for the ferry politely asked me for my passport and my vehicle registration documents. "My what", says I. She assured me that I could not have gotten this far with no registration documentation for the bike. My initial thought was to be indignant and assure her that in all the bike travel I have done, I have never brought the log book with me. Instead, I took the alternative approach and smiled and told her that I am really, really sorry but I simply did not bring it. She paused for a moment and I could see the Polish rain bekoning. Then without further ado, she just said "well let me see the passport anyway". Thirty seconds later I was on my way.

As a parting comment she did say that the next guy at the customs might turn me away but the number of f**ks the next guy could give about me and my bike was zero. I was getting on board.


Climbing Croagh Patrick
I tied down the bike, as best I could. The operation on the Jonathan Swift was much slicker than here. On this boat, the young lad was planking himself and was asking me how to tie down a bike. On the Irish Ferries, the guy had done everything and had it all organised in two mins. Once this guy got a couple of straps on it, he fecked off and I tried my best to finish it off. The straps were crappy. As it was a 20 hour sailing, I did not want to see the bike sliding around the deck when I came down tomorrow.



Then wearing all my gear, and the two ruck sacks I headed for my cabin. The bike was on deck one and I had to get up to deck eight. A jaysus lads, I am well able to climb a stairs or two but carrying all my gear plus two rucksacks was not easy. By the time I got to the reception / check-in desk, I was puffing like a 80 year-old asthmatic aul' one that smoked 40 a day all her life. I can tell you the next time I do this, I will leave all the gear on the bike and f**ked if someone robs it, they can bleedin' have it. Not doing that one again. I think it was fifty or sixty meters up from deck one to the reception.

Nice room, but no room service
When I booked the cabin, I prepaid for breakfast. Of course, now I know that what I paid for was a breakfast voucher but when the guy at reception gave it to me, I was not completely sure what the arrangements with breakfast were. So I asked him will the breakfast be delivered to my room or do I have to come down and get it myself.

He looked as my as if I was a muppet and said "no sir, we do not bring your breakfast to your room". I felt like some class of a knob. I skulked away in shame at my stupid question. I kept seeing that guy around the ship later and kept thinking he was telling the staff "thats the big eijit that thinks we will be gently shaking him in the morning with fresh orange juice, coffee and the Baltic Times".

The cabin was deadly, and I was really glad I was on-board, bike underneath, no reg docs and no hassle.

First the Fantasy
The evening was going to be a full schedule. I had to decide which one of the al a carte restaurants or the brasserie that I wanted to have dinner in. The onboard Spa can be quite busy, so to have a massage and a sauna, I need to get there before it closes. And then the Abba lookalike band would be starting to perform. Finally after the band finished, and the young moms and kids all go to bed, the erotic dancers do their section. I needed to get going to fit it all in.

And now the reality
Myself and forty Lithuanian truckers were the only passengers on board. One self service restaurant and one bar. The ship was comfortable and clean and quiet but not the same as the ship I took a few years ago from Finland to Sweden. That Swedish ship had all of the stuff in my fantasy, this ship, did not. Had one and a half beers and went to bed.

There must have been a run on tracksuits bceuase barring myself and the crew, all the other passengers were wearing tracksuits. Seems to be the truckers corporate dress code.


Room on the Ship
When I was booking the cabin, the price was 190 but perhaps because it was off season, I noticed the for 215 there were giving breakfast included in the commodore suite. Have a look at the pics, deadly room and for 25 squid more, seems ok.



Not bad for 15 more






Final Comment on the Lithuanian DFDS Ferry
The ferry was great, the staff were friendly, and the food was fantastic. Also, it was self service, so you could have as much or as little of the food as you like. Because of this, the queue was quick and fast and everyone was happy. Even though the ferry was not full, they still provided a full menu with lots of options.


Day 8
Had breakfast and lunch on board and then finally got off the ship around 16:30 German time.



Notice the tidiness of Germany, even at the ports.

I decided to heard for Hamburg as and sleep there. It was about 100 KMs from where I docked, just long enough for a spin and not so long that I would be riding until ten pm. I had the GPS on the bike and it was very easy to just dock in Kiel and simply point the bike towards Hamburg. Without GPS, navigating an unfamiliar city to get the the right motorway would be a hassle. A few days ago, I had said I was not really using the GPS for navigation, but I see now that in cities, I am depending on it 100%.

I changed the settings on the GPS to avoid motorways and when Garmin recalculated the route, it said I would need two hours for the 100KMs. I headed off and it brought me through towns and villages with great winding roads, perfect surfaces and very little traffic. I will definitely use that feature again. It doubles the time but increases the fun by 10 times. I know it is a cliche but it is really about smiles per mile rather the MPH.

After crossing Poland, it was nice to be back in Germany, that two hour ride was one of the nicest of the trip. 5 pm to 7 pm. Riding with not a care in the world, no work, just the bike and looking forward to dinner and a few beers. Temperature around 18 degrees and no rain, and no bleedin' wind.


Club Suite
I had stopped earlier and rang a hotel named Crowne Plaza in Hamburg. Price was 109 per night. Most of the previous hotels had cost about 25 to 30 per night, so I did not mind the extra cost. When I was checking it, I asked Katereina with the blue eyes would she consider upgrading me as this is my return visit to this hotel. Without a moments hestiation she checked her computer and said "done sir, you are now upgraded to a Club Suite".

The room had two jacks in it. What kind of a hotel room have you seen where there is two jacks. After more than a week on the road, it was nice to stay there.




Me Y-ers
There was a pool in the hotel, but of course I had no togs. Never mind, I did the paddy on holidays thing and down to the pool with me jocks on. The pity was that I left me Calvin Kliens at home so I had only an old pair of red and white Y-fronts. The bird on the desk as givin' me a few quare looks but I had my swim anyway. Nothing said.

Thats it for day 8, had a few beers in the hotel bar, dinner and sleep. Ready to go again tomorrow.
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Day 9 and 10 Bug Spray and New Boots

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Day 9

The Full German




Why we should keep riding and living life


Saw thing couple and noticed that he is wearing almost the same clothes as she is. It made we think that I want to remain on a bike, on the road and get as much out of life while we can. Made a mental note to myself no baby blue jumpers ever or else I shoot myself.


Biker Shopaholics Dream
At breakfast the next morning, I was talking to a German man that rides a 1200GS. We were discussing gear and I mentioned Hein Gerike. He seems surprised that, being Irish, I knew of them. Just to yank his chain a little, I said "Oh, do you have Hein Gerike in Germany also". He looks a bit perplexed with that question. He then said that Hamburg as a big Hein Gerike store.



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One of the replies here suggested that I buy a new pair of boots rather than struggling all the way home with the leaky Daniese's. After breakfast, I looked up the local Hein Gerike store and plugged it into the GPS. I easily just drove over to the store. Without the GPS, there is little likelyhood that I would have been able to do that so easily.

When I got there, I was in for a bike of a shock. There was five or six enormous gear shops, all selling jackets, trousers, boots, gloves, the lot. Even luggage. All on the same street or just around the corner from each other.







This next image is a bike with the initials E M W. it is in the Hein Gerike shop.




My boots were about ten years old and my jacket is twenty years old. The boots have to be replaced anyway so I bought new boots and a new jacket. Felt guilty buying a new jacket because I have the old one so long and have done so many trips with it.

The hassle now was how to get the old stuff back to Ireland. I had considered flinging the boots from the ferry into the sea but thought that might not be the best idea. Wen I told the German lady in Hein Gerike that I was wondering how to get them back, she offered to post them to Ireland, free of charge. I left the shop with my old boots and old jacket behind me, wondering whether I will see them again.


Bratwurst




I then went and had a bratwurst and coffee before I hit the road for Antwerp, 550 KMs to go. The shop the pics below are taken at is named www.louis.ie and it is a very popular shop in Hamburg. All day long, guys were coming and going on bikes. If you ever get to Hamburg, call into Louis shop and have a bratwurst. The guy selling the sausages was telling me that on a Saturday morning there is often two hundred bikes hanging around.



You can see my new jacket on the table on the right.


Bug Spray
One of the sales assistants I was talking to told me that they sell Bug Spray for wealthy adventure bike riders. You spray it on your gear and it contains small bugs that make your bike and gear look authentic. Apparently it is for the city biker that does not get away from the desk but likes to be part of the Charley Boorman thing. There was a few lads knocking around Hamburg that morning that looked like they did more posing at the hot dog stand than actually riding their bikes.






Better than a 'wing anyway
I did about 25K miles on one of these about ten years ago. They are a great bike. In 2006, I rode from France to Poland on one of these, it was almost 1000 miles. If I had kept the paper work, I could have submitted it to the IBA





Another long haul into the evening
I had to be in Antwerp to meet friends later that evening but as usual I left it very late leaving Hamburg. It was almost 4 pm when I got on the road. I ended up riding from 4pm to almost 10 pm, 550KMs. It was a long ride into the evening but I have to say, it is a great feeling to be tearing across Europe on a Friday evening, on your bike looking forward to a few beers and a Pizza with friends.

Nearly dropping the bike
I try to have the habit of killing the engine before releasing the clutch and then releasing the brake when i am stopped, eg getting Petrol. Of course the first thing to do is put it in neutral. On one occasion, I released the clutch first and the bike jumped forwards and while I did not drop it, a little bit of wee came out from the fright I got.


Day 10
Second last day. I rode from Antwerp to Calais where I took the ferry back to England. I thought the French government has cleared the migrants village but there is still a lot of people living there. I was able to see it from the highway and it looked like human misery. I felt grateful for the life we have in Ireland. I am not sure whether it is appropriate or not to share the photos of the migrants. I do not want to sensationalise other human beings misery. I am simply showing what I saw. I saw camps. I saw people walking around in boredom. I saw miles of razor wire. I saw people kicking football on sand. I saw rubbish on the roads. I saw something that looked broken.



Notice the razor wire in the next pic, plenty of that in Calais.





Five Honda's




When I got to the ferry, these four Belgian guys were on their 50cc Hondas. The bikes have three litre fuel tanks and the get about 100KMs from a tank. They are able to ride about 100KM's per day and were on a trip doing 700 KMs. They were wearing the same cloths, runners and oilskins, and hoodies with Amigo Pilots written on their backs.



They asked me how long my trip was and I said about 4,500KMs. That provoked some comments but I mentioned back that 700 KMs on their machines is probably comparable. That is seven days riding for them.

Apparently when I pulled up one of them made some passing comment that I looked like I never ride the bike. They asked me how far I had come, when I told them almost 4.5K, they laughed and chastised the guy who was pre-judging my new bike and shiny new Hein Gerike jacket.



One thing I noticed is that they were joking and laughing the entire time. I enjoy travelling by bike alone, being alone means you can stop or go, ride quick or slow, get up early or late, get fuel, take toilet breaks anytime without having to apologise to your mate. However, I saw these guys having fun and it did make me think.



Ferry vs Chunnel - no brainer
The ferry back to england was quite pleasant, I booked the lounge, which was about 20 more on the ticket. For that, you get free tea / coffee / beer / coke etc and some snacks. Seems not bad value rather than hanging around with the screaming kids.

The Ferry was comfortable, pleasant and I felt rested and ready for the final spin of day nine from Dover to up my sister in Maidstone.



That is almost the end of my trip, next day I head for home.
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It's great to read such a good pick-me-up on a Monday morning. You sir, have a great way with words! I'm both laughing away and sick with jealousy at the same time. 'Riding with not a care in the world, no work, just the bike and looking forward to dinner and a few beers' - that's the stuff that dreams are made of!

Keep 'em coming - tis a great read each and every time!
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Ya should've written Speedo down the front of em with a marker ��, great blog love it, especially cos you don't try to hide the fuck ups, we all do them but don't mention them ��
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Any chance you'd turn around and keep going and keep on posting?

Seems like you've found a groove with your writing - very enjoyable reading.
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Thats not a bike shop,thats a bloody department store.
Size of it.
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Re: Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas

Should have lured Katereina with the blue eyes down to your cabin to give her a bit of the Irish !
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Re: Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas

Great post.............love these threads
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Re: Day 9 and 10 Bug Spray and New Boots

Great Read. I will have to look back over the journey!
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Really enjoyed reading those. Fair play for posting.
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Well done , great read , thanks
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And no picture of the boots

Great write up it must be a fantastic trip?
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